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Srinagar Tourism

Srinagar Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1585 m
  • Pincode: 190001
  • District: Srinagar
  • Language: Hindi,Urdu
  • STD code: 0194
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 30°C, Winter -2 to 14°C

History of Srinagar

Srinagar being the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is situated on the banks of Jhelum River. The city of Srinagar is one of India’s popular tourist attractions because of its historic gardens, beautiful houseboats, meandering river and pleasant climate. Srinagar is packed with enthralling valleys and surrounded by lush green hills.

The city of Srinagar was founded almost 2000 years ago, by King Pravarasena II. After the emergence of Mauryan Empire, they took over Kashmir and the then Mauryan emperor, Ashoka introduced Buddhism in Srinagar. After the rule of Mauryas, Srinagar was under the influence of many other territories, religions and political backgrounds.

People and Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar has a blend of many religion and culture. Though Islam is the most prevalent religion in Srinagar, Hinduism and Buddhism are also widespread in the city. Kashmiri language is widely spoken and the Kashmiri Pandits speak in Hindi.

Ramzan, Eid, Kheer Bhawani Festival, Navroz and many other festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. Tulip Festival is also the main festival that is celebrated here.

Things to Do in Srinagar

There are many places to see in Srinagar and hence the city has lots of tourists all year round. Dal Lake, popularly called ‘Srinagar’s Jewel’ is one of the popular sightseeing in Srinagar. The placid Dal Lake is famous for its houseboats and it acts like a mirror to the misty snow capped Peak of Pir Panjal Mountains. Mughal Gardens is one of the must visit Srinagar attractions. The garden has fountains, flower beds and terraced lawns which make it all the more pretty.

From the list of places to visit in Srinagar, Amarnath Cave is one of the prime attractions. Said to be 5000 years old, the cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the religious places for the Hindus. Other Srinagar places to visit are Yousmarg, Shankaracharya Temple and Nishat Bagh. The list never really ends when it comes to Srinagar tourist places.

Food and Shopping  in Srinagar

Besides Srinagar sightseeing, there are other things to do in Srinagar. When it comes to food, Sheermal and Baqerkhani are must haves. These breads are served in almost all bakeries around Srinagar. You must also not leave the city without having tasted the traditional meal of Srinagar called Wazawan.

For all those who are into shopping, Srinagar has lots in store for you. Pashmina shawls, handmade carpets, papier mache products, antiques, saffron are some of the must buys from the city. Many of the shops in the main city of Srinagar sell these items.

Accommodation  in Srinagar

For transport options and how to reach Srinagar, travellers have lots of alternatives! One can choose to travel to Srinagar by train, by flight, by bus or by train depending on your budget and preferences. There is no scarcity of accommodation in Srinagar as well. One can opt to stay in the famous houseboats or accommodate in hotels, guesthouses or resorts. There are a number of hotels in Srinagar that are in close vicinity of famous places in Srinagar. Plan Srinagar tour early this season and book a place of accommodation well in advance.



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Bhushan madan

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  • Bhushan madan
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Heavenly Srinagar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Holdiay stay in Kashmir is like living in paradise. We have been there thrice in our life and all the times enjoyed better than before. Two of our photographs taken in 1981 and 2016 in Pahalgaon were selected by The Times of India and we got first prize. We wish to go there time and again but the Political disturbances demotivate us.
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Lateef Goona

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  • Lateef Goona
  • Lives in Srinagar
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"View of the heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kashmir is viewing of heaven so everyone in world most visit Kashmir to admire the entire Kashmir valley and the entrance gate of heaven is Dal lake with magnificent view and majestic mountains reflection on Dal lake. And famous heritage Kashmir house boats with the entire arts and crafts of Kashmir famous Dal lake with the floating gardens and water lily in different colors and beautiful Mogul gardens on bank Dal lake with famous Royal spring golf course and department of Tourism has always maintained and provide facility for tourism and give guide lines and information and hospitality in every manners and tourism industry have give excellent host and facilities and welcoming tourist with honer with dignity which love Kashmiri humanity
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Lateef Goona

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  • Lateef Goona
  • Lives in Srinagar
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"Unbelievable destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kashmir is an unbelievable destination and Srinagar is most definitely a memorable destination in Kashmir valley and famous Dal lake which is covered by majestic mountains and mosques and Shriners during night life of heritage houseboats with lightning's quietness. Reflection of mountains famous Mughal gardens on bank of boulevard and has excellent view of entire Dal lake from primal and enjoy the boat ride during the evening with romantic and Peacefully. Famous shopping at Residency road Srinagar and enjoying the Kashmir delicious wazwan traditional Mogul food with love of Kashmiri.
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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Plan a trip somewhere else"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I will never suggest any one to go Kashmir from security point of view. You will not feel safe there. It's better to go to other hill station rather than spending huge amount in Kashmir.

There are so many places in India where you can relax. Himachal and Uttarakhand are the safest place and beauty of hills are also there.

Do not plan with your family ever to visit that place.
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Srinagar, Heaven on Earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A must visit place.
Things to do- House Boat stay near Dal Lake, Shikara ride on Dal Lake. Shopping in Lalo Chowk, Handicrafts based on woods.
Places to visit - Shankarcharya temple, Chashme Shahi, Maugham gardens
What to eat/drink - Drink Kahwa on Dal lake. Eat Carmichael in Krishna Dhaba.
Purchase kesar and shilajit at big shops. All in all, so many things to do ..
And by the way .. Don't forget to experience snowfall, if you visit Srinagar in Nov-Mar :)
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
As first time visitor to Srinagar.. I was a bit skeptical about the safety at the place.. But I enjoyed my stay at Srinagar.. If you follow some do'as... If you are Hindu and above all veg.. Then try to plan your stay in front of Dal lake.. U'll get lots of Punjabi restaurants including nathus over their.. And warm hearted people around Dal.. All garden especially cChasme Shahi are good place to visit and of course Sankaracharya temple and Kheer Bhawani temple are in top of list.. Avoid visit to interior places.. Like Lalo chowk in all I enjoyed my stay here.. But I could skip it in my next visit.
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Nidhi Mehta

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  • Nidhi Mehta
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"No more a paradise on earth!"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sadly Srinagar has been ruined with plastic bottles littered in parts of the lake and weeds that have made the water so dirty. Also the motorised boats add to the pollution. They have started a cleanup mission of weeds but it's like putting a bandaid. Too much to take care of.
We took a short shikara ride and twas calm and relaxing.
We visited the Maugham gardens which was in full bloom and just the layout of it overlooking the lake makes you feel how beautiful it must've been then to walk along this garden which overlooked a beautiful green pristine lake. Wish v had done a better job saving it for the next generation.
Otherwise not much to do. What I now hear is that due to global warming it's become very hot in Srinagar. Winter also marks much less snowfall. A great time to go to enjoy long walks would be October to see the change of season with change of color of chinar trees(maple).
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"A holiday city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice place. Nice location for holidays. And must see the lake in Srinagar. Different type of parks are here and some hotels. In this place many types of restaurants are there. Its weather is awesome to see and go on a walk to enjoy the holidays.
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Mr..  	harish

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Amazingly Beautiful."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Superb City !!! No other place can match to the beauty of Srinagar. The climate is awesome. Breathtaking beauty of the gardens and snow caped mountains, and lakes. The people of Kashmir are simple, friendly and nice to the guests. Srinagar is also famous for its temples and mosques. A Shikara ride on Dal Lake and Nagin Lake is an awesome experience. A stay on a Houseboat is a must. Buy some saffron in your Kashmir visit.
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"Beautiful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited 04 times in Srinagar since 2010. First time in 2010 I visited this place by Rail and Car from Howrah Station, Kolkata to Jammu Tawi Station by Himgiri Superfast, then by car from Jammu Bus Stand. Time taken 36 hrs by Himgiri Exp and 10 hrs by car from Jammu to Srinagar. The time by rail and car is lengthy but you enjoyable. Last 03 times in 2011, 2012 & 2015 I visited this place by Flight from Kolkata Airport to Delhi Airport and then Delhi Airport to Srinagar Airport.

I stayed at Srinagar at my friend's home at Bemina, Srinagar. My friend is a Kasmiri, he every year comes to West Bengal for selling kasmiri shawl, sweater bed-sheet, blanket etc. And lived in my home.

There are a lot of beautiful places in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Nishat garden, Maugham garden etc. I also visited Kasmiri villages.
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